ITV pull last episode of Viewpoint from schedules amid Noel Clarke investigation

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Viewpoint will not air on Friday night following a series of allegations surrounding actor and director Noel Clarke, ITV bosses have confirmed.

On Thursday evening, The Guardian published an investigation that reports Clarke, 45, faces accusations of verbal abuse, bullying and sexual harassment.

The final instalment was the gripping drama was due to air tonight (April 30) but the channel have removed it off the television schedules.

An ITV spokesperson said: "ITV has a zero tolerance policy to bullying, harassment and victimisation and robust procedures in place to investigate and deal with any complaints.

We strongly believe that everyone deserves to work in a supportive and safe environment.

"In light of the very serious nature of the allegations against Noel Clarke raised by 20 women in the Guardian’s report, ITV has decided it is no longer appropriate to broadcast the final episode of the drama Viewpoint on ITV main channel this evening.

"We are mindful that some of our viewers have already invested four hours of their time over the past four nights in following this thriller which was due to conclude this evening, and they have yet to see the final episode.

"As such we plan to make it available on ITV Hub tonight for a limited time for any viewers who wish to seek it out, and watch its conclusion."

Clarke has also been suspended by BAFTA use weeks after he won one of its top awards.

According to The Guardian's investigation, BAFTA bosses were aware of the claims levelled against the star at the time of honouring him with the award but chose to go ahead anyway.

However, now BAFTA has suspended his membership and his Contribution to Cinema award.

A statement from them read: "In light of the allegations of serious misconduct regarding Noel Clarke in The Guardian, BAFTA has taken the decision to suspend his membership and the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award immediately and until further notice."

Clarke denies every allegation put to him, except for one, accepting he once made inappropriate comments towards a woman.

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In a statement to The Guardian, Noel has said: "In a 20-year career, I have put inclusivity and diversity at the forefront of my work and never had a complaint made against me. If anyone who has worked with me has ever felt uncomfortable or disrespected, I sincerely apologise.

"I vehemently deny any sexual misconduct or wrongdoing and intend to defend myself against these false allegations."

Viewpoint follows the story of Gemma King who goes missing and a detective sets up an observation post in the home of a single mother in order to surveil the prime suspect, the teacher's boyfriend.

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